Power Mac 4400 and 7220
Dan Knight - 1999.03.08
Second Class Macs are Apple's somewhat compromised hardware designs. For the most part, they're not really bad - simply designs that didn't meet their full potential. (On our rating scale, the more brown apples, the worse the hardware.)
Like several other road apples, the Power Mac4400 (known as the 7220 in some markets) wasn't a terrible design, just an odd one. Just look at the picture - it had the floppy drive on the left, which is a very un-Mac-like place to put it.
But then there was a lot about the Spartan, utilitarian Power Mac 4400 that was un-Mac-like. It used the same kind of motherboard as the Motorola StarMax 3000, one with a fixed CPU. This machine was not intended for upgrades.
The 4400 had all the usual ports, three PCI slots,* and very little to set it apart from the less expensive clones from Power Computing, Motorola, and Umax. Of course, those were the models AppleDesigned the 4400 to compete against.
The 4400 wasn't a bad computer, but it was cheaply made for an Apple product and still overpriced compared with the Maclones. Further, it was designed with no upgrade path whatsoever. (Thank goodness some companies designed G3 cards for the cache slot!)
No wonder MacWeek called it "a strange bird."
- * Apple pulled one PCI slot in the 200 MHz version, replacing it with a Comm II slot.
- 160 MHz model introduced 1996.11.07, 200 MHz models in Feb. and Apr. 1997, discontinued
- requires System 7.5.3 (with System Enabler 827) or later, excluding 7.5.5
- CPU: 160 MHz or 200 MHz PPC 603e
- bus: 40 MHz
- performance: XXX (relative to SE)
- ROM: 4 MB
- RAM: 32 MB, expandable to 96 MB (160 MHz version) or 160 MB (200 MHz model) using 3.3V unbuffered EDO RAM (three DIMM sockets, each supports an 8, 16, or 32 MB SIMM in 160 MHz model; support 64 MB DIMMs in 200 MHz machines; slot 1 supports only single-bank DIMMs)
- VRAM: 1 MB in 4400/160, 2 MB in 4400/200
- Video, std, 4400/160: 16-bit to 832 x 624, 8-bit to 1152-870
- Video, std, 4400/200: 24-bit to 800 x 600, 16-bit to 1152 x 870, 8-bit to 1280 x 1024
- L2 cache: 256 KB (optional on 4400/160)
- hard drive: 1.2 GB IDE in 4400/160, 2 GB IDE in 4400/200
- CD-ROM: 8x (12x in DOS Compatible model)
- ADB: 1 port for keyboard and mouse
- serial: 2 DIN-8 RS-422 ports on back of computer
- SCSI: DB-25 connector on back of computer
- three PCI slots in 4400/160, two plus a Comm II slot in 4400/200
- The 10 worst Macs ever built, Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac, 2001.08.06
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